Front steps of the museum
September 24 artist Megan Wilson will present Flower Interruption as part of the Flower Power exhibition and as a conclusion to the flowers that she
has been painting on the sidewalks of Fulton and Larkin Streets around the
museum. Wilson has created over 300 brightly colored hand-painted paper flowers
that she and a team of assistants will install in the area directly in front of
the museum. Once the flowers have been placed and the ceremony concludes
audience members will be invited to take the flowers with them as symbols of
peace and love, as well as reminders of the beauty, strength and fragility of
life. The program is brief so come early for a flower.
her Flower Interruption project in
2002 as a playful response to the monotony of the everyday and
business-as-usual routine. Flower
Interruption is a strategy for breaking up the expected. It is also a rejection of corporate values
and the surface aesthetics of capitalism. Working in opposition to corporate
advertising, the interruptions offer a respite in the landscape from the
onslaught of profit-driven messages, which have become the backdrop for
defining global culture and lining the pockets of an elite few. Wilson’s
technicolor flowers are a striking contrast to the grit and gray of the city,
appearing as though they’ve been air dropped by a cartoon plane.
In addition to San Francisco, Wilson has created Flower Interruption projects in Tokyo,
Japan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia, Bantul, Indonesia, Jaipur, India
and Manila, Philippines.
flower works have continued to bloom and have become her signature motif for
engaging audiences throughout the world in a broad range of environments and
purposes: as an economic strategy for pedicab (becak) and motorbike drivers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Jaipur,
India; as a messaging tool to draw viewers in and raise consciousness around timely and critical subjects
such as income inequality, environmental degradation and the abuse of corporate
power; and to heighten awareness around the realities of homelessness.